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Helping Your College Graduate Adjust to Life Back Home

clock May 21, 2012 19:29 by author Janet Corniel

 

Given these economic times, chances are your college student may be moving back home after graduation.  It will be an adjustment for both of you.  Keep in mind that your young adult is just that - a young adult.  He or she left bright eyed and ready to learn.  However, now they have received their education and are looking toward their future.  

When they move back home, the best thing to do is to have a family meeting.  Clarify your expectations and have them do the same.  This will alleviate some friction or misunderstandings in the future.  

It is important to realize that even though your little boy or girl will always be that in your eyes, in their minds they are an adult full of life experiences.  Therefore, clearing the air as they move in will go a long way in preventing any issues later.  Discuss things like employment, financial contributions, household duties, length of stay and things that will be deal breakers.  This will lay the foundation for their stay with you and expectations on both ends.  The honeymoon of having them home will expire.  Therefore, I can’t emphasize the importance of this.  So, take the time to do it.  It will pay you and them dividends in the future.


 



How Do I Move Paintings and Sculptures?

clock May 14, 2012 16:50 by author Janet Corniel

 

Moving paintings and sculptures require some care and preparation.   It is important to let your mover know that you will be moving these special items.  It does not have to be an expensive work of art, it could be a special piece of art that your child made for you.  Either way, take the time to identify these special items so that extra preparation can be taken to prevent damage.

If you are packing yourself, you want to make sure that you adequately protect the item.  You want to take steps to stabilize the item and wrap it to protect it.  You may want to consider crating it or storing it in a special box.  Definitely label the item fragile so that your mover will know to take extra care with that piece.

However, if your mover will be packing you, depending on the piece, they may advise you to crate the item.  If so, you may want to seriously consider doing that.  It may be worth the extra cost to ensure the item gets to your destination safely.

If you are transporting artwork of significant value, you want to identify this with your mover and speak to your insurance agent.  You want to make sure you have the item appraised.  Depending on the value, you will want to have a special insurance rider to cover the item.  It is better to take the extra steps before you move in the event something were to happen.  Have all of your questions answered by your mover and insurance agent.  It will give you the peace of mind that your special item is adequately covered. 


 



How Do I Move a Car?

clock May 7, 2012 22:57 by author Janet Corniel

 

Preparation is key to moving a car.  In order to ensure the successful transport of your vehicle, you will have to take some steps ahead of time to prepare it.  Before you get started, you will need to get your vehicle serviced, make sure that there are no loose parts and the antennae is removed.  This is to prevent damage to your vehicle.  You also want to make sure the car is empty and does not contain your personal affects.  You will need gas in the car, but it should be minimal.  Approximately a quarter tank is optimal.    

When you are selecting a mover, make sure to tell them that you will be moving your vehicle.  Also, you will need to make sure they have the capacity to handle moving your car.  

You will also have to familiarize yourself with what you need to do for your car in your new location.  If you are moving internationally, you will have to understand their protocols and requirements.  An experienced mover will have all of the information to hand for customs to transport your vehicle internationally.  However, you do want to take the time to do your research to ensure you know what you will need to do.

Further, if you are moving to another state, take the time to familiarize yourself with the states requirements to ensure you take the necessary steps to meet these in the time allotted.  Moving your car can be a seamless endeavor.  However, taking the time to prepare and hiring the right mover will make all the difference in the world.


 



How Do I Move as a College Graduate?

clock April 30, 2012 22:31 by author Janet Corniel

 

As a college graduate, you are moving on from school to a new stage of life full of promise and opportunity.  Some of you may be moving home after graduation and some of you may be moving on to your first new place.  Most of you at this stage in life, have a manageable amount of personal items to move.  However, if you need any help moving, consider using ClickandMove.  ClickandMove allows you the freedom to take your own inventory electronically and submit them to movers in your area.  These companies will then return estimates via email directly to you.  It is a powerful tool to help you assess if this is in your budget and a viable alternative for you. 

Best of all, it is convenient and on your own time.  While you are juggling graduation parties, interviews with potential employers and catching up with your friends, let ClickandMove help you make the most of your valuable time. 

Keep in mind that before you move into your first new place, consider taking measurements.  This is so important.  You want to make sure you have adequate room for all of your things before you move into your new place.  This will allow you to have the opportunity to sell or give away items that will not work and find replacement items that will.  There are many options available to find furniture that fit tight spaces and are reasonably priced.  From Ikea to Target, you will have many stylish options that will meet your needs.

Best of luck! It is such an exciting time in your life.  Keep in mind ClickandMove is always here to help you.


 



Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Mover

clock April 23, 2012 22:41 by author Janet Corniel

 

When you are selecting the right mover for you, you want to make sure you take time to understand your options and choices.  First, you want to evaluate your needs and then you want to clarify them.  Once you have a keen understanding of what you need, you will be ready to make your selection.  These five questions will help you make your decision.

  1. Experience.  You want to get an understanding of the movers experience and longevity.  This will help you assess their standing.  Remember to get their MC# so that you can go to www.protectyourmove.gov to get a better understanding of their reputation and history in the business. 
  2. Capacity. You want to know whether or not your mover has the capacity to meet your moving needs.  Ask the tough questions so that you are fully aware of what is available to you.  This is especially true if you are moving a great distance or internationally. 
  3. Insurance.  You want to make sure that you understand what is covered.  Ask your mover what is included in your moving service and what is not. You need to understand what you will be responsible for so that you do not have any gaps in coverage.
  4. Policies and Procedures.  When you meet with your moving professional, get a clear understanding about their policies and procedures.  You should know about how to contact your mover in case of a problem and understand how to file a claim in the event of damage.
  5. Technology.  Given all of the advances today and different ways of communicating, ask you mover about your options.  Ask them if they can accommodate texts, emails or instant messaging.  This will help you get a clear understanding of what is available to you and convenient for you.